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Old June 1st, 2008, 02:20 PM
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For many readers, the summer, means cruises, or maybe this year staycations, not vacations, but it also means a good summer book. Preferably on the pool deck:)

Maybe you normally select intense book, and as the warm weather arrives, you go lighter and trashier:):

I just finished a few good ones..[jmho] All good from page one!

Stuart Woods, Santa Fe Dead
Clubbed to Death Elaine Viets
James Patterson 7th Heaven

I am waiting for one Jackie Collins on tape, and one book from my booklclub. I do enjoy some light trash:):)

So.........what's on your summer book list? Heavy duty, or so light it floats?
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For some reason, summer is when I crave the comfort of old faves..... I just finished rereading the Merlin books by Mary Stewart and the Monkeewrench series by P.J. Tracey, and I'm now starting on Bruce Lancaster's Revolutionary and Civil war books....... so good. I think I'll do all the Josephine Tey stuff after that.

I think it gets so hot here in the summer that I don't want my brain to have to work..... that just makes me hotter!
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Earl & I just finished the 3 Obama books.
He likes the Dean Koontz novels,and history, John Adams, A bridge to Far.
I like the light storoies, short and quick read. Mostly romance, bios, and travel.
I'm waiting for the Shatner book to come out " Up till Now" Love him on Boston Legal. Several of the stars on B.L. are from the other star trek shows. I guess they got on beause of him.

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Trip you must have been reading my mind this morning because I was going to post the same topic..great minds think alike

just purchased "Black Flies" by Shannon Burke which is about a paramedic in New York City during the early 90's
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Earl & I just finished the 3 Obama books.
He likes the Dean Koontz novels,and history, John Adams, A bridge to Far.
I like the light stories, short and quick read. Mostly romance, bios, and travel.
I'm waiting for the Shatner book to come out " Up till Now" Love him on Boston Legal. Several of the stars on B.L. are from the other star trek shows. I guess they got on because of him.

Carole 8)
Carole,

Refresh my memory. What other stars of Boston Legal were on other Star Trek shows? I know Renee Auberjonois (sp) was Odo on Deep Space Nine but otherwise I can't place any of the other stars on any other Star Trek show. Maybe the hooker/lawyer was a borg queen.

Trip: My summer reading list is to finish all of Vince Flynn's books. I loved Term Limits and The Third Option. I still have about five more to read.

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In prep for our time in Rome and Venice this month, I have just read "Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown and am now RE-reading "City of Falling Angels" by John Berendt (wonderful book about the burning of La Fenice Opera House). I should finish this before we leave.

THEN I will lighten things up with Patterson's #6 and #7 (etc.) on the cruise....they are packed. The day we sail, Janet Evanovich's #13 (etc.) goes on sail.....ugh SALE.........you know where MY mind is. I'm not sure that I will be able to pick this one up in Rome or if the ship will have it, so I just might have to wait until I get home.

Happy reading everyone. The first two books are HIGHLY recommended for anyone going to Rome and/or Venice.
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Mike,
Thanks for the mind quiz. I had to look up Boston Legal to refresh my memory.

John Larraquette he played at Cardassion on DS-9
Armin Shimmerman was a judge in one of the first seasons.
You know him as Quark, the bar keeper in DS-9
Rene Auberjonois as Paul or the changling on DS-9.
and of course Shatner/ Denny Crane.
there are others, but I can't remember right now.
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In my stack of books to read this summer are:
Jen Lancaster, Such a Pretty Fat or Why Pie Is Not the Answer
Gregory Maguire, Son Of A Witch (follow up to Wicked)
Bill Bryson, The Lost Continent (travels in small town America)
Nicholas Dawidoff, The Catcher Was A Spy, The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg
David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day
I've been reading a book at lunchtime at work that's about the Oxford English Dictionary and how that was put together....can't remember the name of it...something like The Professor and The Madman.
Mgram....I'm glad to see I'm not the only one looking forward to the new Janet Evanovich...at least you'll have that to look forward to after your cruise is done.....small consolation though! (or, we could switch places and I could go on your cruise and you could hang here and buy the book?) I grew up in Trenton and enjoy visiting a la Stephanie Plum WITHOUT actually having to go there again!
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I just got three books from Amazon! One is The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough. We're going to be on a full Panama Canal transit in the fall and this is the recommended book.

I also bought An Island Away, by Daniel Putkowski, and How to Conjure a Man by Nancy Lindquist. I "met" the author's on another cruise site. Neither of these are something I'd buy "generally", but since they're written by people I know, I thought I'd try them .
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Have any of you read The Land of Mango Sunsets, and did you enjoy it? I just got it form the library, but brought it back, because I got another to read first.

I have read Janet Evanovich, but not the Plum series. I happen to have a couple of her first ones, but have never read them... I have read Motor Mouth, and I forget the other one. I guess I should start:)
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Trip, Stuart Woods and James Patterson are my faves. I haven't read Elaine Viets.
Arkie, I LOVE Mary Stuart's books.
Carole, I saw the Shatner book on Barnes & Noble today. Armin Shimmerman was one of my favorites on that show.
Mgram, I LOVE Dan Brown. Can't wait until he comes out with a new book.
Angela, I think insanity must be a great asset if you're an author. It seems to work for Janet Evanovich. I just finished "Plum Lucky."

Today, I bought Michael Jecks. He's a wonderful writer who sets his who dunnits in Medieval times. I also added a bit of raunch: Jo Beverly.

Anybody out there read Fern Michaels?

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As much as I enjoy reading, this summer I will be reading about how to do Action Reseach in the classroom. When I do get a chance to pleasure read I enjoy...James Patterson, Daniele Steele, Patricia Cornwell.

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I haven't read anything since my last cruise in April.
Lately I have tried reading at bedtime to combat insomnia.
I have started Harry Potter #7, since I only read it once, where I've read the other 6 several times.

I've got a birthday coming up and I've hinted about getting Jimmy Buffett's new novel....

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I just finished reading "Bright Shiny Morning", the new novel written by James Frey. He wrote the controversial memoirs "A Million Little Pieces" (promoted by Oprah Winfrey) and "My Friend Leonard". This latest book is one of the most unusual I've ever read. It involves stories about all kinds of people who live in L.A. Also features interesting historical and statistical facts regarding the city. Wierd book - but fascinating to me because I used to live in Los Angeles and most of the locales were familiar to me.
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What's the name of Jimmy's new book??!

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My reading taste is very eclectic.

A friend passed on a four book "Earth's Children" series written by Jean M. Auel

Clan of the Cave Bear (this was made into a movie many years ago with Darryl Hannah as Ayla)
The Valley of Horses (I'm into this one now)
The Mammoth Hunters
The Plains of Passage

If you want to read more about the author and her writing motivation, research and process, go to

http://www.randomhouse.com/features/.../authorqa.html

I also bought a bunch of Shakespeare from the library book sale. I'll try to sprinkle those in between my other reading this summer. :o

I also got a kick out the light reading by Carl Haissen:
Sick Puppy
Lucky You
Skin Tight

Some other books that come to mind that I've read in the past:

Berendt, John Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil

Quindlen, Anna Blessings

Some "chick" books by Kris Radish:

The Elegant Gathering of White Snows
Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn
Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral

Enjoy your summer reads, fellow bookworms.
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Hello,

I'm currently reading the Eric Clapton bio. Good so far.

I love the trashy ones every once in a while.

My favourite if anyone is interested is Diana Gabaldon series.
Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager (Scottish time travel/romance).
There are seven books in the series. Highly recommend.
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End Game by Clancey
Deep Black by Coonts
27 Bones by Nasaw
Currents by Carnival
The Circle of Innovation by Peters
An Experiential Approach to Organizational Development by Brown
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I am reading Hour Game by David Baldacci,,,,he is from Virginia and most of his stuff is based from Charlottesville to D.C. to the Tidewater Area. If you like James Patterson you will love Baldacci as well. Same type stuff,,,
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